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Project 10 July | Abu Dhabi Lifestyle Photographer

Yay – it’s finally the school holidays! The last term was so busy it flew by, but it was so busy it was exhausting. Our holiday days have been filled with lots of hanging out, DVD’s, days at the pool, baking, hanging out, a few craft projects, reading, lounging in pj’s till midday and nothing much more strenuous than that!! The most active day we’ve had so far was probably the day I chose to document for this months Project 10!!!

I woke up to this little face next to me in bed, playing with her fairies

And then we got ready for the pool….

I was so happy to find we were the only ones there as this was the first time I’d taken my fancy new camera housing out to play – I think I’m in love with underwater shooting now:)I am sure you’ll be seeing more as the summer passes…

Indy checked out her tan lines!!

And we made smoothies – yum!

This is what happens when she watches too much Madagascar – her “I like to Move it, move it” moves! 

And we headed to Summer in Abu Dhabi – for my non Abu Dhabi readers, the temperatures here at the moment are reaching 50 degrees C which means unless you’re in a pool then outdoor play just isn’t going to happen… so every year for a month in the summer Summer in Abu Dhabi happens, which is basically an indoor carnival with shows and games and crafts and all sorts of fun for kids to run around and burn off some steam… Indy helped out with the stunt show – the comedy slaps! 

And the girls loved the jungle adventure which had rope bridges, and swings and climbing walls and balance beams all as part of an assault course…

We rounded the day off with Peter Pan on Ice – and after all that activity, we all slept pretty well that night!!!

Now head over to see what Jennifer of Z’s the Day Photography was doing for July 4th over in sunny California. And go here to read about this project to document a day in our lives each month with 9 other photographers from around the world

Hope you’re all having a great summer – I’ll be back with another instalment next month when it’ll be Ramadan in Abu Dhabi,

Kirsty  xx

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  • Kate Pizzo - Adore them! First of all, what fun you guys have during the summer! Peter Pan on ice sounds like a blast. And second, I love love love the lifestyle pictures. They are by far my favorite style because they are in the moment. Your lifestyle pictures always inspire me to pick up my camera more often. Beautiful post :)

  • Kylie D - I want to be one of your girls and have all that fun! What a beautiful day remembered forever. The rope bridge looks like something my two would love to walk on! Kx

  • Kate - Love it – love the underwater, especially the little pink skirt, love how you still pick out the details :) but I love the sofa jumping too and Indy doing the slap! What a fun day!

  • Jobrina Hofleit - wow, what a fabulous, full of adventure day!!!!! your attention to eye such details of your girls just amazes me kirsty!!! i love being inspired by your work, every.single.time.i.come.and.visit.your.blog!!!!! ;-)

  • Janine - I find it hard to comprehend dealing with that heat! Glad to hear you’re having so much fun. I love the pic at the station. Jx

  • Ninka - I love getting this peek into your lives every month!

Engaged: Louise & Jona – the part at the beach | Abu Dhabi engagement photographer

I said I’d be back with part 2 and here we go (see the first part of Louise and Jona’s engagement shoot here). After fun at their home we headed down to the beach just in time for the magical golden hour, just before the sun sets…. 

We made a guestbook from the photos from their session and Louise included some of her favourite quotes in it…

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon.” 

“This is it. Life will never be better, nor sweeter than this”

Louise and Jona, I know it’s getting closer to the big wedding day back in England – I can’t wait to see the pictures but most of all I’m sending you loads of love for a wonderful day, and an amazing future together – thank you for sharing this time with me, Kirsty xx

  • Michelle Stone - love both Part 1 & 2!! :)

  • carly - So inspiring K! I love BOTH sessions equally (though I love love her yellow stripes in this one!) Love the light, love the angles, love the love! Beautifully done. I can’t wait to see their wedding either!!

  • Kate - I love them both…the last picture is just beautiful. What a sweet and happy couple!

  • Janine - Gorgeous. I love the shot through the grass. Congrats to them both.

  • Sarah Albert - Absolutely beautiful Kirsty … just like always. You have such a way of capturing emotion and beauty. Love these!

  • tabitha - these are beautiful!!!!!!

  • Meagan Baker - Vancouver Child Photographer - These are beautiful. I love the image with the grass.

  • casey - Lovely couple and gorgeous images!!

  • Melanie - These are beautiful! I’m sure they will treasure them. I love the quotes they used too!

  • Ninka - Just beautiful Kirsty!

  • Cherilyn Haines - Beautiful images, Kristy! I love all of the different perspectives. And what a romantic location. :)

  • Jamie C - Amazing, Gorgeous pics!!

Confession | Abu Dhabi Family Photographer

It’s confession time…. My family, the Larmour Family, have never had professional photos taken of us. I hear glass shattering, the gasps of shock and screams of horror around town…. I promise it’s not for the want of trying… twice I’ve contacted photographers in the UK and tried to arrange shoots when we’ve been there… and twice I’ve been let down – lessons in how not to run a business let me tell you…. I’ve also tried a few times when we’ve been travelling, but again to no avail… so this summer this stops…….

no more of these self timer pics where I press the shutter and then sprint to get in position…..

Or of handing my camera to people who I mistakenly think might know what they’re doing…..

pic on left taken by someone with a D700 – the same camera I shoot with – really, I thought he might have a clue…. but he chopped our feet off and overexposed us…, pic on the right taken by someone with a Canon 5DMkII – clearly he had no idea how to work focus points on a Nikon and focussed on the no entry sign behind us….. yup this is the disappointing number of family photos we have to show for our trip to Cambodia last summer…  (lesson to be learned, not everyone with a fancy camera knows what they’re doing with it! and yes, unfortunately that also applies to some people passing themselves off as photographers!) 

Or of a friend snapping a quick one but none of us is really engaged in the photo (to be fair, it’s the Rugby 7′s so not really the idea time for a family photo but it’s the best one we have from the whole of 2011!!!)

And no more lovely photos with either Mr Larmour, or me in….. he does an OK job, but he’s missing and that makes me sad…. 

No, no, no, no, NO….. this summer this stops….. and this summer I’m going through the same worries and stresses as my clients – what shall we wear??? What if the kids don’t cooperate??? Can I lose a few more pounds??? What if I get a zit???

And I’m telling you none of this matters – what matters is my girls are growing up, far too fast, they’re 6 and 4 and I have albums full of beautiful photos of them… but I’m not in them… and we aren’t together in them and that matters, that really matters to me – I can’t keep putting this off till next year, I don’t care if the extra pounds are still there, the zit can be photoshopped and hell, we’re lucky enough to have a wardrobe full of lovely clothes, EACH… if we can’t find something we like it’s a really poor look out…. what matters is that someone, who knows what they’re doing captures us.. and our love for each other and our family togetherness – so no pressure Sarah, but I really, totally, absolutely can’t wait until our photo shoot in PARIS this summer!!!! 

PARIS BABY!!!! Bring it on!

Kirsty xx

  • Kate - I do think you rock the self timer but I can’t wait to see photos of all of you in Paris!

  • Angus - I’ve got to admit feeling a little let down, KB! I saw ‘confessions’ and I thought you’d turned a page in your photographic career and moved on to Robin Askwith territory. But no, just more photos of you and the gorgeous collection of people you call family. Fame awaits you.

  • janine - ‘i love Paris in the springtime…’ i can’t wait to see what this family session brings. it’s about time you were able to enjoy yourself and let someone else do all the work!

  • Kate - Ok let me first say this…I TOTALLY feel ya. We definitely need to have an entourage which includes a prof photog at all times!
    But these are wonderful memories…they might not be perfect but they’re you – in the moment. The ones you’re not in you’ll still remember everything about because of all the work you put into getting them. I have had to accept over the last couple of years that whether they’re perfect or not (usually not) ANY pictureiof us all together is better than no picture.
    You have a wonderful collection of pictures and you certainly know how to rock the self timer.
    Still, I can’t wait to see your Paris session…just try to read your website advice for clients first…relax and enjoy yourselves lol! Xoxo

  • SarahInParis - Hey gorgeous lady I can’t WAIT to photograph you and your gorgeous family. I’m SUPER excited for you to be in front of the lens and capture the magic of you and your gorgeous family. I’m super excited too. And hey no pressure or anything for me …. yikes!

    And have to say my dear the family photos you have done yourself are pretty impressive! See you really soon. xxx

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Letter to my Daughters | June 2012

This is the third of my letters that I introduced in April.  They won’t always be picture perfect, or eloquent, but they will be from the heart, and I’ll be writing them each month for my 2 treasured girls.  I’m undertaking this project with the most amazing set of ladies around the world…..

I’m lucky enough to have already had a sneak peek at Julia’s amazing images of her beautiful daughter so I can’t wait to read her letter too… follow this link to see Julia Stotlar | Chicago-Area Photographer

Kirsty x

  • Amy Lucy Lockheart - I think I need to have another girl just so I can call her Indigo Indy. :) Sweet girl looks so much like her big sister and her mama. All these special memories are so important to document, and I just know your precious Indy will love reading theese letters when she is older. xoxo

  • Sarah C - I second Amy she has the most gorgeous name ever and she is just sooooo beautiful!! You can really just see the light that shines right through. I so love your letters sweety. Your daughter is going to treasure this always. You can just feel the love you have for your precious girl so strongly!!!!

  • Sarah Clayton - Stop it – I cry each time I read one of these! Really lovely. I am inspired to do this too.

  • Emma Wood - Oh my gosh, Kirsty, your love for your girls is always so apparent in your blog posts and this is no exception. You describe the details so beautifully and I can feel how much you love your sweet girl. And yes, of course…I did read and cry, as usual

  • julia - Kirsty, your words to little Indy – paired with those adorable images – have me itching to hop on a plane to the other side of the world…just to bask in her glow <3

  • Ninka - I love these letters Kirsty, your girls will treasure them so much when they are women! Well done for taking the moments to create something so special for them <3 (P.S Bella has that dress, it is one of her favs!)

  • Jody - Before I even read your first word, I had a smile from ear-to-ear on my face, she really does have a light to her that shines through. Across an ocean, a world away, her light is shining and making this moment in a dark and quiet house brighter. I love how much these letters will mean to our daughters and I’m so happy to be doing this project with you.

  • Rashmi - How I love that you really see, really know, really hear your daughters Kirsty. You are such a wonderful mummy, they are so lucky to have you. I love that Indy loves lettuce and spinach! She is a beauty.. a petite princess indeed! <3

In the Mountains | Abu Dhabi Kids Photographer

When I moved to the U.A.E. I was struck by what a beautiful and geographically diverse country it is.  A few months ago I showed off how amazingly stunning the U.A.E. desert is in a shoot (which you can see here!)

As a girl who grew up surrounded by mountains, the first time I saw the Hajaar Mountains I actually burst into tears (in my defence I had literally had a baby about 2 weeks before!!!) – they are so rugged, and so different from the cities and desert that are much closer to Abu Dhabi.

They’re the backbone of the country and run all the way through the Arabian Peninsular from Mussandam (Oman) into the U.A.E. then back into Oman again and down to Yemen. We crossed through them several times on our road trip town to Salalah and the Yemeni border a few years ago. 

They’re a little glimpse of the U.A.E. in times past, before the glitz and glamour of the cities… they’re peaceful and wild all at the same time and I love getting away to them..

A few weeks ago we headed up to Hatta for the half term weekend, which is where I took these pics of the girls in their adorable courtneycourtney dresses – it was warm up there, but not as warm as in AD so we headed out late afternoon to explore the wadis just before a very hazy sunset….

Oh, I love getting away from the city – I love that we have such diversity of places to visit – but most of all, I just love mountains…. I’ll be back again soon, Kirsty x

 

  • Sara T - Adore this eye-popping imagery of your sweet sweet girls! As always, love all your surroundings, the depth and contrast and your lovely art! xoxo

  • Vinita - Stunning Kirsty! Love to come and check out your blog!

  • rowe - i love getting away too! these photos are gorgeous lovely… we so have to come explore with you one day!

  • Kate - LUUUUUURRVE! those mountains are stunning and your girls are so sweet, and such beautiful light – love the one with the hat and her beautiful wavy hair

  • Val Spring - I abspolutely love and adore these photos, Kirsty! I feel that through you photography I get to know you incredibly sweet girls! Your work is amazing and so are your girlies.

  • Kati - I love seeing your adventures! xx

  • Janine - I love these, Kirsty. The textures and tones, the light…divine. You have the sweetest girls.

  • Kate - As always, beautiful! The light is amazing and, whether you’re in them or not, they’re keepsakes. The ones with Saffy holding her hat and standing with her legs crossed looking down…love them! Such beautiful girls you have…

  • Letter from the mountains » Letters from the Larmours - [...] I didn’t get around to adding more photos here – but I did blog them over on my work blog – LOTS of them – lots of the stunning landscape we can escape to heredid I say that the [...]

Engaged: Louise & Jona – the part with the balloons | Abu Dhabi engagement photographer

Have I mentioned before how much I love that occasional change that shooting adults gives me? Shooting people who just radiate with love is such a joy – I’m going to have to split these two into a two part blog post there are just so many I love from their session…. 

We started off at their home – just chilling and hanging out and laughing and having fun…

Cos people who don’t have kids but have balloons floating round their home are always going to be fun people to hang out with!! 

Aren’t they just adorable..

Louise swears she’s unphotogenic – and I swear she’s so, so wrong! 

I’ll be back to share more soon from when we headed down to the beach – swoon….. Kirsty xx

  • SarahInParis - Beautiful photos Kirsty and what a gorgeous couple. How exciting to be starting their fabulous new adventure together – what an exciting time. Oh and I 100% agree with you, not only is Louise photogenic but she looks stunning in these photos. Beautiful work!

  • Kati - WOW! Gorgeous looking couple.

  • Louise - Fun and lovely all at the same time – a gorgeous looking couple and they look totally in love too :)

  • Ninka - What a beautiful couple Kirsty, and gorgeous shots!

  • Louise - PS I’m not the Louise in the pictures!!!

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Project 10 June | Abu Dhabi Lifestyle Photographer

In the midst of a crazy busy week I realised I’d not actually shot my Project 10 this month.. which left me only the weekend and the madness of dance shows to do it – so I hold my hand up and confess, I shot this over 2 days….. but all the pictures could have been shot on one day….

The girls woke up VERY early, full of excitement for the day ahead

A hearty breakfast for the dancer (Indy’s show was last weekend)

A moment of peace for Mummy before the preparations begin

Time to start getting ready

Hair and makeup

A last practise at home

Off we go to dress rehearsals…

I then stayed and photographed the dress rehearsal before her Daddy came and picked her up, fed her and brought her back to the show in the afternoon while I went on to another job…. So, the next day I got little miss Dancer ready again… and we had a few quick photos at home, as is our annual dance show tradition to send to the Grandparents…

Indy insisted on wearing her rainbow costume from the previous week to the show so I attempted a few pics with her too – I just got a whole load of fake smiles and attitude!!! 

My little rainbow leading the way “Come on Mama… time to go see Saffy’s show…”

2 tired little dancers, ready to go home…..

I could have pretended I really went to the show on the first day, but too many people there know me and would know I was making it up!!!! The joys of being a working Mum and juggling life!!!  Let me tell you – the show was simply AMAZING!!!! I was so proud for both my girls, and me to be a part of it… I cried, I laughed, I wanted to get up and tap my own toes – it was just awesome!!!

Now head on over to see what Andrea was upto this month – she’s always doing something fun, and usually very active! And go here if you want to find out more about this project…. see you again next month,

Kirsty

PS Fellow Arabesque Mums a few pics will be coming soon on their Facebook page – pop over and “like” them so you’ll see when they get uploaded!!!

  • Life with Kaishon - I always think moms with little dancers are so lucky! How beautiful are these images. Absolutely stunning! : )

  • Louise - OK, 1, Saffy is just adorable, and 2, the pic of Indy leading you along.. just perfect, and 3, you have some gorgeous early morning light there in your living room – that’s all!!! x

  • Andrea - I always love your view of the world. Beautiful girls. I just love dance recitals!! I love the perspective in all of your pictures. Was looking at Cambodia last night and noticed it there as well.

  • Janine - I love your girly girls. Jx

  • Ghadeer - Amazing photos love ur work. So intrested in ur work amazing job, do u do photo sessions for kids ????i would
    Like to have one for my daughter reallly love ur photos

  • kati - I watched my Mallory dance this past weekend and know exactly what proud moments you’re talking about. Love this post and your lil’girls! xx

  • robyn - oh these are precious. I am so glad the show went well… what fun!!

  • Val Spring - Oh miss Kirsty I hope you never hget tired of me telling your how sweet I think your girls are! They seriously have such beautiful smiles and they scream happiness all over! I love every single one of these photos but the first 3 images and the one of Indi giving you some attitude are just the best ever!!!

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